Duane Chapman, professionally known as ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ has just been granted custody of his grandson Travis Jr. For those who think this comes out of left field, it doesn’t. His family has had it’s share of dysfunction (like most families) but all in all Dog and his wife Beth seem to be genuinely good people. To somewhat understand why this is happening, read a little of their family’s history below…
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Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman was previously hit with a restraining order by the father of his grandson Travis Mimms Sr. just last week. Travis Mimms had a son with Duane’s daughter Barbara-Katie Chapman, who died in a car accident in 2006 at the age of 23. Mimms and his roommate plus a girlfriend, were granted a temporary restraining order against Dog, his wife Beth and his daughter Lyssa on October 19. A hearing has been set for October 28.
Mimms is the father of Dog’s 9-year-old grandson, also named Travis, and the two adults had a falling out more than a year ago but recently reconnected. At one point Travis Mimms Sr. worked for Duane Chapman, whose A&E reality TV show has been on air since 2004.
The restraining order was issued in Hawaii, where all the parties reside. Travis Mimms told Star magazine that he has retained a lawyer in the matter. The Chapmans have not issued a comment.
Star has learned that at one point Chapman helped Mimms with housing and other living expenses and that the two men have had significant contact recently.
Chapman’s daughter Barbara-Katie gave custody of her son to Duane one year before she died. She was battling a drug problem at the time and one source tells Star that she did not want Travis Sr. raising their son. But six months after Barbara-Katie died Travis approached the Chapmans and asked to be in his son’s life. The Chapmans helped him financially and eventually Travis started caring for the child full time.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The daughter of a cable television reality show star, died when the stolen SUV she was in rolled and crashed into some trees, authorities said.
Barbara Katy Chapman, daughter of Duane “Dog” Chapman, was killed along with the car’s driver, Scott Standefer II, in the accident Friday night, Alaska State Troopers said. The couple, both 23 and from North Pole, tried using a stolen credit card to rent a room Friday at a resort about 50 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Trooper Jeremy Stone said.
“There is no clue as to why they left the roadway,” Stone said. “There are absolutely no skid marks on the road. They just went off the road, hit an embankment and launched.” Troopers suspect drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash, spokesman Greg Wilkinson said Monday. Toxicology tests were scheduled on the bodies, which were transferred to Anchorage for autopsies.
“(Barbara) had gotten herself into a terrible mess,” Lyssa Chapman said of her daughter. “She was trying as hard as she could to put her life back together,” she told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
The accident occurred a day before her father, star of A&E’s reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” married his longtime partner, Beth Smith, in Hawaii. He gathered with his 10 surviving children — two of whom he had with Smith — and discussed whether to proceed with the wedding. They unanimously decided to celebrate both the wedding and Barbara’s life.
Barbara Chapman, who had not been expected to attend the wedding, is survived by her mother and her 4-year-old son, Travis Chapman.
Source: AP, RadarOnline